Do the members of your congregation clap in worship? Are they allowed? Bring up this subject and get ready for fireworks:
“When we worship God, we must simply follow that which He has revealed to us in the New Testament. Hand clapping as an act of worship is not revealed in the New Testament. Therefore, in order to please God, we must leave it out of our worship! God demands respect for His Word. To add to it or to... Read More
Last week I blogged about transformational leadership in congregations. One of the brief points I made was that lay leaders need to know and focus on the right metrics. A Time of Grace reader replied, “Pastor, could you explain the phrase used in connection with lay leaders: ‘know the right metrics’? I’m not sure what that means or entails.”
The question is how lay leaders and people in governance get a handle on how well the congregation is doing. How... Read More
Carey Nieuwhof is the founding pastor of Connexus Church north of Toronto. He blogs often about churches and church leadership. A friend sent me a recent post that I found significant and would like to share some of his information with you (Google his name to read more of his stuff). Why are even committed church members attending less often?
1. Greater affluence. Making more money is good, right? Well, maybe. It’s a sad corollary that the more financially secure... Read More
Actually, it’s not. It’s the devil. But he loves to give a bad name to Christianity through the sinful actions of those who represent churches.
Two reasons that often surface for why people don’t go to church go something like this:
I or someone I know had a bad experience at a church.
The church is a front for <insert one or several of: greed, a political agenda, a pastor’s ego, racism, etc.>.
Whether you consider these good... Read More
A friend of mine remarked to me once, “God must love small churches—he sure made a lot of ’em.” Barna research indicates that the average worship attendance per week for Protestant churches in America is 89. Seriously! In my own denomination the median is 79.
Some churches are small because they’re dysfunctional and dying. I do not admire them. But some are small because they’re mission start-ups or lay-led house churches or storefronts led by bivocational pastors. I am trying my best... Read More